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Urge Nickelodeon to Follow Disney's Lead and Stop Advertising Junk Food to Children

This year, the Walt Disney Company announced it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites. Disney also updated its nutrition standards for foods that can be advertised to children. Meanwhile, almost half of food ads viewed by kids are seen on Viacom programming, which includes Nickelodeon.

Ask Candy Companies to Stop Marketing Junk Food to Children

It used to be that candy was an occasional treat for kids. No longer! Instead, candy is a significant source of calories in kids' diets, beating out the calories they get from burgers, fries, pancakes, or waffles.

Some candy companies have stopped advertising their candy on children's television networks like Nickelodeon. Other companies, however, continue to hawk empty calories to kids, urging them to spend their pocket money and nag their parents to buy confections they can't afford nutritionally.

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Self-Regulation Proving Insufficient to Protect Children, Says CSPI

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Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson